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Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan

U.S. Small Business Administration 2013 Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan: Vision

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan offers a blueprint and a framework for the SBA to execute its mission in a manner that preserves the environment and in the process demonstrates a commitment to creating a clean energy economy. In FY 2012 and the first half of FY 2013 the SBA achieved significant progress towards the goals outlined by EO 13514. Notably, in FY 2012 SBA achieved a total reduction of its reported greenhouse gas emissions, across Scopes 1, 2 and 3, by 9% in comparison to the baseline year of FY 2008. Another major achievement is that SBA right-sized its vehicle fleet at the start of FY 2013 and eliminated 16 underutilized vehicles, or 9% of the agency’s total fleet. In addition, the SBA initiated its Headquarters Modernization project that is resulting in significant space management benefits due to the consolidation of the Washington District Office into headquarters. Headquarters Modernization also included the procurement of ENERGY STAR electronics and appliances, the use of environmentally preferable materials, and improved lighting and HVAC systems. This project will serve as a model for future renovations of other SBA facilities.

In FY 2013 and FY 2014 SBA plans to continue on this ambitious path by addressing many of the sustainability challenges posed by SBA’s occupancy of leased space in private and federal buildings. First, SBA recently partnered with the General Services Administration (GSA) to conduct a “Sustainable Facilities Survey” of SBA’s 20 largest facilities. This survey collected information on the sustainable features available in each building. The survey results will be used to target improvements in these facilities, as well as improvements across SBA’s real property portfolio. Second, SBA will draft a template Request for Lease Proposal (RLP) that will include sustainability requirements for all future leased SBA facilities. Third, SBA will draft a sustainability checklist for future facility renovations through tenant improvements funding and Reimbursable Work Authorizations (RWAs). These efforts will be subject to analysis to ensure they do not result in unreasonable expenditure on rent and renovations. The SBA’s focus on facilities improvements will occur alongside other improvements in electronics recycling, property disposal, fleet management, the promotion of alternative commuting strategies, and communication regarding sustainability to both the public and SBA’s employees.